Puzzle #6: Elementary Analysis

Puzzle #6: “Elementary Analysis”

Difficulty: Medium

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Welcome back, everybody!

UVA football remains undefeated in the ACC, and the O’s have advanced to the ALCS, so I’d say this was a pretty good weekend! Looking forward to the current week, which miraculously does not feature a single test, and then I’ll be on my way home for a relaxing fall break with family and friends.

In other news, I have recently been put in touch with crossword great Arthur Schulman, who is a UVA professor emeritus of sociology…I had absolutely no idea this was the case! Planning to meet with him in a few weeks, on camera, to talk puzzles and whatnot. Always interested in meeting and learning from fellow constructors, so, uh, hit me up sometime if you’re willing to tolerate my fanboy-esque nature 🙂

This week’s puzzle is a 19 x 19 construction brought to you by my inner nerdy self. There really isn’t much else to it!


The Grid Kid





6 thoughts on “Puzzle #6: Elementary Analysis

  1. I’m going nuts here because I don’t really get the theme. How is 93-Across represented in 2 ways across the theme answers? I’m getting the 15-77D part, but don’t understand “literally and chemically”. I must be missing something – wanna clue me in?


    • jj,

      Sorry for the confusion the theme has brought! You say you understand 15/77D, so you get that the two circles within each theme answer represent an element’s ATOMIC SYMBOL: Pt = platinum, Ti = titanium, Hg = mercury, Fe = iron, Zn = zinc, and Ag = silver. Well, each of these elements is a TRANSITION METAL, chemically speaking.

      The kicker is the literal part. Notice how each symbol links two words of its corresponding theme answer; the first letter of the symbol is the last letter of one word, and the second letter of the symbol is the first letter of the next word. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but I saw each instance of this as a “transition” point, which establishes the pun of the puzzle.

      Does this explanation help?


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